• Studio: GKIDS
  • Release Date: Mar 15, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 28, 2013
    Your kids may will fall in love with it, if you help them find it.
  2. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Mar 21, 2013
    From Up on Poppy Hill is frankly stunning, as beautiful a hand-drawn animated feature as you are likely to see. It's a time-machine dream of a not-so-distant past, a sweet and honestly sentimental story that also represents a collaboration between the greatest of Japanese animators and his up-and-coming son.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 29, 2013
    Although simpler and less mysterious than the great Hayao Miyazaki movies, the gently melancholic From Up on Poppy Hill is still a must see at a time when family entertainment is too often synonymous with blandness.
  4. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Mar 13, 2013
    It’s all lovely and sweet, and while this story might’ve been just as engaging in live action, Miyazaki’s animation does clear away the extraneous detail, re-creating the world of 50 years ago and instilling it with the poignancy of a family snapshot.
  5. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Aug 3, 2013
    Goro Miyazaki’s film is about the point at which we decide not what we want to be when we grow up, but who, and the way the tiniest moments in our lives often have the most far-reaching effect.
  6. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Mar 14, 2013
    This movie...is a lovely example of the strong realist tendency in Japanese animation. Its visual magic lies in painterly compositions of foliage, clouds, architecture and water, and its emotional impact comes from the way everyday life is washed in the colors of memory.
  7. Reviewed by: Zachary Wigon
    Mar 12, 2013
    This film's gentle storytelling manages to extract the emotional payoffs of melodrama without ruining one's suspension of disbelief.
  8. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Mar 12, 2013
    From Up on Poppy Hill — cowritten by Miyazaki, and directed by his son Goro — shows a different side of the Japanese animation house, one that finds equal wonder in comparatively mundane affairs.
  9. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Mar 14, 2013
    It’s a film heavily dependent on tone and atmosphere for its charm, the budding relationship shown through things like a lovely twilight bike ride down a hill to the shops below.
  10. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Apr 4, 2013
    The animation is pretty and clean, reminiscent of other Studio Ghibli films like "Whisper of the Heart," but never achieves wondrous artistry.
  11. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 14, 2013
    It's the warm tenor of the film that ultimately rescues it.
  12. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Apr 4, 2013
    Poppy Hill doubtless plays most strongly to Japanese audiences — especially the musical score made up of old-timey jazz and early-’60s pop that sounds like corn syrup to Western ears — but its central conflict is gentle, unyielding, and universal. Which is to say that it turns out to be a Hayao Miyazaki movie after all.
  13. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 27, 2013
    The artistry is peaceful and comforting to the eyes but not especially stirring. Given the pictorial extremes that Studio Ghibli has gone to in the past, "Up on Poppy Hill" is weak tea.
  14. 63
    It’s a lovely film, a sentimental parable that carefully recreates a post-war Japan obsessed with obliterating its past.
  15. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Aug 2, 2013
    It's a light, breezy 1960s-set coming-of-age tale that strives to convey something of how Japan rebuilt itself after the traumas of the second world war.
  16. Reviewed by: Owen Williams
    Jul 29, 2013
    Not on a par with Ghibli's greatest work like Totoro or Spirited Away but not without charms of its own. A solid second effort from Miyazaki Junior.
  17. Reviewed by: Kevin Harley
    Jul 19, 2013
    If Miyazaki Jr elevates the material, it’s through style. Dripping with watercolour warmth, the rapturous images convey how a country’s efforts to right itself resonate with the young.
  18. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 14, 2013
    Even with no wood sprites, witches or spells, there’s plenty of magic in this coming-of-age charmer.
  19. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mar 21, 2013
    The movie looks lovely, but it's luminous prose.
  20. Reviewed by: Caroline McKenzie
    Mar 11, 2013
    The story arc is somewhat facile, and its lesson about preserving history instead of demolishing it to make way for new, shiny things is too obvious.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. May 4, 2013
    One of Ghibli's best, very much akin to Whispers of the Heart but without the magic cats, and with characters a bit more down to earth, with a greater sense of community. Full Review »
  2. Mar 18, 2013
    From Up on Poppy Hill is a beautiful film. It has charm, harmony and hopefull for new generations. Like "Only Yesterday" and "Ocean Waves", "From Up on Poppy Hill" is an another traditional and folklore Studio Ghibli film. Full Review »
  3. Mar 27, 2013
    Very beautiful movie. The movie really captures an old yet youthful atmosphere in a Japan in change. Where old meets young. DON'T watch the trailer before you see the movie and if possible, watch the movie in Japanese. Full Review »